Black Holes Really Do Exist! – ProClip Roundup Recap

April 12, 2019 •

ProClip Roundup Season 5 Episode 8

Hey everybody, welcome to this week’s edition of the ProClip Roundup! It’s our weekly show that brings you all the mobile and car tech news that’s actually worth talking about. Let’s jump into this week’s stories.

The First Image of a Black Hole

Possibly the most exciting story of the year so far, scientists have captured the first images of a black hole! Two years ago, telescopes around the world turned their attention to two black holes. The results are an unprecedented glimpse of the environment around supermassive black holes. They confirm that these monsters in the dark do actually exist and, of course, Einstein was right once again. The black hole highlighted was in the center of the galaxy M87 which is 55-million light years away! Dr. Katie Bouman led the development of a computer algorithm that made the image possible. She started 3 years ago as a grad student at MIT and now her work has paid off. Although she stresses it wasn’t a one-person effort. “No one of us could’ve done it alone,” she told CNN. “It came together because of lots of different people from many different backgrounds.”

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A Fast-Charging Electric Motorcycle

The new SR/F electric motorcycle from Zero has been announced offering fast-charging up to 95 percent in just one hour, as long as you connect all three charging modules. A full charge gives riders a range of 200 miles, and the bike pumps out 110 horsepower, 140 lb/ft of torque and a top speed of 120 mph. The SR/F utilizes a smart OS that collects data from the way you ride and can optimize performance accordingly.

Another New Phone from Samsung

Samsung has announced their newest smartphone, the Galaxy A80. The mid-range phone has an interesting camera design with a camera that slides up from the back of the phone and rotates to be both a selfie camera and a rear-facing camera. Samsung continues to innovate with unique designs, and it’s exciting to see them experiment with mid-range phones like the A-series and not just expensive phones like the Galaxy Fold.

Autonomous Cars are Coming, but Not Yet

The CEO of Ford said this week that they had overestimated the arrival of autonomous vehicles. The company still plans to launch a fleet of self-driving cars in 2021, but the applications will be narrower than original anticipated. Ford has invested $4 billion in autonomous vehicle tech through 2023 and is still test-driving vehicles in Miami, Washington DC and Detroit. It looks like we’ll have to continue driving ourselves around for quite some time.

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